Be passionate about what you love.

Told myself that I will give myself small photography "treats" every time an image appears on Flickr Explore. Last year I had 13 and this month, 4 images appeared so I gave myself a simple tripod to dabble in night captures and long exposures. The last time in Kuala Sg. Baru I balanced my camera on a coconut and almost dropped it in the water. I went for a Vanguard  that cost me about $90. Nothing fancy but gets the job done and I don't need those $400 tripods definitely.Took it to shoot some seascapes yesterday night and found out how crummy the 18-55mm actually is. I am specifically a 50mm guy but must admit some B&W seascapes are simply gorgeous.

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On another topic, without sounding preachy, do go for the Marriage Encounter.

1.It's all about you and your spouse, no open sharing.

2.Good marriages can be great marriages.

3. This has the power to change the world. The impact on society is far reaching.

4. A good getaway as a couple.

5. I won't tell you guys this if I don't think it's essential or care about your well being.


 

ClickAgain and again but never the same.Stop & ReflectNothing is Ever as Simple as it LooksBeauty all around,waiting to be captured.

Best birthday gift!

Cath and the kids gift to me this year was a photoshoot on my birthday. It was the best present I've ever had because this captured a moment in my life and most of all I spent with the love of my life and our two little pirates!

Movies to look forward to in 2012

The Dark Knight Rises (Dir. Christopher Nolan. Everything is pointing at this being THE movie event of the summer, if not the entire year) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yh6SriAjdE

The Avengers (Dir. Joss Whedon. Any other year you could same the same thing about this. Getting both within two months of each other is just great) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOrNdBpGMv8

The Hobbit (Dir. Peter Jackson. 11 years in the making) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0k3kHtyoqc

The Master (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. Could top There Will Be Blood with this, and that's saying a lot)

Django Unchained (Dir. Quentin Tarantino. Jamie Foxx as a former slave shooting people. Just shows how many big directors are having films come out this year)

Lincoln (Dir. Steven Spielberg. Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln. All that needs to be said)

Prometheus (Dir. Ridley Scott. Took us seven spots to finally reach an original story. Take that as you want) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sftuxbvGwiU

Skyfall (Dir. Sam Mendes. New James Bond with Roger Deakins cinematogrpaghy and Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem. Happy Thanksgiving!)

Brave (Dir. Mark Andrews. First directing job. The latest Pixar. Looks like a Dreamworks film but trailers can be decieving) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEHWDA_6e3M

The Expendables 2 (Dir. Simon West. Con Air. You may not know the director, but you'll know the cast. Expendables is going to be just as fun as the first one, and hopefully with less zoomed in on the shoulder camera work) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rkdTcQLwZ4

Moonrise Kingdom (Dir. Wes Anderson. This being this low is more proof that it's a stacked year. The cast alone is worth checking this out)

Men in Black III (Dir. Barry Sonnenfield. There's no way this can be as bad as the second one. 10 years should be enough time) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyaFEBI_L24

Seven Psychopaths (Dir. Martin McDounagh. If you've seen and loved In Bruges then this is required viewing. If you haven't. Watch it first, because this will be required viewing)

The Amazing Spider-Man (Dir. Marc Webb. 500 Days of Summer. Would be around 3-5 if it wasn't 'the damn origin story told AGAIN! It's been only 10 years) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XayxMPrUP4

The Bourne Legacy (Dir. Tony Gilroy. The Bourne Identity. Looking forward to a new Bourne film, even without Damon. Halfway down the list because faith in it isn't as big as it could be)

Argo (Dir. Ben Affleck. Affleck has done two great films, with The Town being better than Gone Baby Gone. Argo looks like it could easily be even better than those two. Keep it in mind)

Gravity (Dir. Alfonso Cuaron. The last American film Cuaron did was Children of Men. That's an automatic pass)

Gangster Squad (Dir. Ruben Fleischer. Ruben's last two films were Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, two films that seemed like could have been so much more if they'd been longer. Gangster Squad looks like the perfect oppurtunity for Fleischer to show whether he's going to flourish on simple short comedies or if he can work in multiple genres. Either way, it's a mix of L.A. Confidential and The Untouchables)

Ted (Dir. Seth McFarlane. Only on here because I trust McFarlane to pull together at least a solid comedy)

Dark Shadows (Dir. Tim Burton. In the past, Burton would have easily been in the top 10, but he's a mixed bag quality wise. I'll trust Shadows as a possibly of a return to form)

Battleship (Dir. Peter Berg. The Rundown, Friday Night Lights. Liam Neeson better say "THEY SUNK MY BATTLESHIP!" or I'll leave the theater mad) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDMXkPfxjOc

The Raid (Dir.Gareth Evans. Possible first American exposure. Hate just to say "Watch the trailer" but that's the best way I can do it justice. Just...holy crap this looks brutal!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWlmhMSnVdM

Looper (Dir. Rian Johnson. Rian did the near perfect Brick then the disappointing Brothers Bloom. Still plenty of faith in Looper)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Dir. Timur Bekmambetov. Wanted. The title alone is enough)

Tomorrow (Dir. Paul McGuigan. Lucky Number Slevin. Push. One of the more underrated directors on this list. Only reason it's down here is becasue I can't find any word on it since 2010 so it's possible it doesn't even exist anymore. Hoping I'm wrong)

The Woman in Black (Dir. James Watkins. Eden Lake. Simply put, a horror film that isn't full of gore and jump scares. Sold) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lReemWmO5o

The Raven (Dir. James McTeigue. V for Vendetta. John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe. Neat) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYAZnVk0Czw

The Grey (Dir. Joe Carnahan. Smokin' Aces. Liam Neeson fights wolves off with beer bottle claws he broke with his teeth) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujrBaHS8UTg

Dredd (Dir. Pete Travis. Vantage Point. Another take on Judge Dredd with Karl Urban as Dredd)

Gambit (Dir. Michael Hoffman. The Emperors Club. A Coen Bros. script)

Grooveshark

Now with HTML5 , I wonder how Apple will block this. Grooveshark is the best free online music streaming site....period.

Just point your browser on your iPhone or iPad to

html5.grooveshark.com/

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When I Say "I am a Christian"

by Carol Wimmer

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I am saved"
I'm whispering "I get lost!"
"That is why I chose this way."

When I say..."I am a Christian"
don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need someone to be my guide.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
and pray for strength to carry on.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
and cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
my flaws are too visible
but God believes I'm worth it.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartaches
which is why I seek His name.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority.
I only know I'm loved.

(Martin J posted this and I loved it so much that had to re-post)